This 1998 Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga SP Is a Roomy, SUV-Like ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

The six-seater’s similarities to smaller PA-28s can ease the transition for Piper-trained pilots moving up.

The six-seat Piper PA-32R-301 is ideal for a growing family. [Courtesy: Tim Kramer]

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Piper’s Saratoga often winds up on the shopping lists of pilots looking for a piston single with room for six and typically competes with the Beechcraft A36 Bonanza and Cessna 210 Centurion. For families with more than two children or a combination of children and relatives, friends, dogs or cargo, the extended cabin can offer an extra measure of payload and flexibility over four-place models.

The Saratoga is a hit with most passengers for many of the same reasons that large, three-row SUVs are popular. People love a little extra space in which to stretch out and the Saratoga’s club seating arrangement forms a living-room-like conversation pit that many find comfortable.

This 1998 Saratoga has 1,960 hours on the airframe, and 91 hours on its engine following an overhaul in 2018. The panel includes a Garmin G500 touchscreen PFD and MFD with traffic and weather displays, Garmin GTN 750 with Intellivoice Command, King KFC 150 autopilot, and JPI-700 engine monitor.

Pilots looking for a family or utility aircraft with a roomy cabin that can accommodate up to six people or lots of cargo should consider this 1998 Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga SP, which is available for $473,000 on AircraftForSale.

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Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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